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Gimme a Break !

Gimme a Break ! Dates : 1981 - 1987
137 episodes of 25 min
First broadcasting : 02 Avril 1991
Creator(s) : Mort Lachman et Sy Rosen
Producer(s) : Arthur Julian, Coleman Mitchell et Geoffrey Neigher
Music : Bob Christianson
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French Traduire


Nell Harper is the black housekeeper of the Kanisky family which consists of Carl, the father who is also the Chief of Police, and his three daughter, Julie, Katie, and Samantha. Now Nell sometimes has to act as a surrogate mother to the daughters cause their has passed away and as a buffer between the girls and their father, cause Carl is not exactly in touch with his feminine side. Later, Carl's father, Stanley would move in with them after his wife died. And the family would also take in a boy, Joey. There were a few changes in the show's fifth season, Carl had passed away and Katie got married to Jonathan. And during the show's fifth season the show was overhauled, Nell, Joey, Samantha, and her friend, Addy moved to New York and Joey learned that he has a brother, Matthew, who moved in with him and Nell.

The Actors

Nell Carter - Nellie Ruth

Nell Carter

(Nellie Ruth "Nell" Harper)

Joseph Lawrence - Joey Donovan

Joseph Lawrence

(Joey Donovan)

Rosie O'Donnell - Maggie O'Brien

Rosie O'Donnell

(Maggie O'Brien)


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Helen Hunt auditioned for the role of Katie Kanisky.

Nell's middle name is Ruth, which, in reality, was also Nell Carter's middle name.

The episode "Cat Story", , was aired live over NBC-TV on 2 March 1985.

Dolph Sweet's final episode aired on 11 May 1985, three days after his death.


Filming locations:

Metromedia, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA (studio)


Authors of the card

  • Creation date: 2003/07/01 by abdest

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